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We are in more confusion than we care to own. There lately came up a Highland regiment from Scotland, to be sent abroad. One heard of nothing but their good discipline and quiet disposition. When the day came for their going to the water-side, an hundred and nine of them mutinied, and marched away in a body. They did not care to go where it would not be equivocal for what King they fought. Three companies of dragoons are sent after them3. If you happen to hear of any rising, don't be surprised— I shall not, I assure you. Sir Robert Monroe4, their lieutenant-colonel, before their leaving Scotland, asked, some of the ministry, ' But suppose there should be any rebellion in Scotland, what should we do for these eight hundred men?' It was answered, 'Why, there would be eight hundred fewer rebels there.'
' Utor permisso, caudaegue pilos ut eguinae Paulatim vello; demo unum, demum5 etiam umtm, Dum—'
My dear child, I am surprised to find you enter so seriously into earnest ideas of my Lord's passing into Italy ! Could you think (however he, you, or I might wish it) that there could be any probability of it? Can you think his age could endure it, or him so indifferent, so totally dis-ministered, as to leave all thoughts of what he has been, and ramble, like a boy, after pictures and statues ? Don't expect it.
8 This regiment was the celebrated Black Watch, formed in 1789. ' A rumour reached the men that they were about to be sent to the plantations, and a large number, after the regiment arrived in London, endeavoured to make their way back to the Highlands. After they had been brought back and three of them shot as deserters, the regiment embarked for Slanders towards the end of May.1 (See D. N. B., under Monro, Sir Robert.) The Black Watch be-
haved with the utmost gallantry at Fontenoy, and was one of the regiments chosen to cover the retreat of the English.
. * Sir Bobert Monro, sixth Baronet, of Foulis, who had organized the regiment. In recognition of his services at Fontenoy, he was promoted to command the 87th Regiment. He was killed at the battle of Falkirk (June 17, 1746). 6 So in MS.; read demo.